The responsibilities of the Curriculum Coordinator include collaboration with faculty members and faculty committees in the development, writing and implementation of district curriculum, as well as the evaluation, purchase and incorporation of texts, resources and technology into classroom instruction, and working with staff to ensure all curriculum objectives are aligned with Common Core Content Curriculum Standards. The Curriculum Coordinator facilitates the articulation of curriculum and instructional strategies among and between grade levels, within the district, collaborates with the superintendent, principals and works as a team to implement school and district objectives. Other duties include investigating and maintaining an up-to-date research library, organizing and conducting professional development, assisting with the district’s testing program, writing the curriculum and professional development components of required state reports and plans.
The following are some of the varied duties performed during the course of the year:
- Develop curriculum-related and other corresponding components of district plans.
- Oversee the district’s state testing program, including an analysis of test results.
- Implement state-mandated curriculum requirements, by aligning the curriculum with the Common Core Curriculum Content Standards and Wyoming Standards.
- Provide ongoing evaluation of curriculum maps/curriculum guides, with annual updates of objectives and assessments.
- Investigate and acquire appropriate and varied resources for the implementation of district curriculum.
To Implement district and school professional development requirements, programs and activities, including:
- On-going subject area and team meetings
- Staff training on newly adopted programs
- On-going staff training for all existing programs
- Serving as New Teacher Supporter (training all district mentors, working with mentors and novice teachers)
- Coordination of in-district sharing of strategies and information obtained from out-of-district professional development.
To serve as a curriculum resource and/or liaison to:
- District, school and subject area committees
- Shared Decision Making Curriculum Committee
- District School Improvement Plan Committee
Mrs. Amy Bentsen
Amy Bentsen is currently an Assistant Principal and a member of the Professional Development Team at Rawlins Elementary School in Carbon County School District #1.
She was born and raised in Rawlins. She attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 1st grade for 8 years during which time she went back to school and get her Master degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an endorsement in administration. She was an Instructional Facilitator for 3 years and then took a position as an assistant principal at Rawlins Elementary School where she remains.
Mrs. Bentsen is a mother of 3 and loves spending any extra time at her cabin.
Mrs. Jacinda Waldrip
Jacinda is currently the Professional Development Coordinator for the Rawlins Middle School. Jacinda received her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Wyoming through the UW/CC Outreach program. Her bachelor's degree is in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood. She acquired her Master's degree through Chadron State College. Her Master's degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. Jacinda taught in Carbon County School District #1 as a second-grade teacher for 10 years. She has held the role of IF, Curriculum and Professional Development for the last three years. She is an active member of the school community. Throughout the 13 years, Jacinda has been involved in several committees such as the Building and District School Improvement Teams, the District Math Professional Learning Community, BTACC committee, Building Leadership Team, District Accreditation team, and the state Wyoming Figures Team. Jacinda loves to work with new teachers and had the opportunity to mentor a student-teacher. Jacinda has lived in Rawlins, Wyoming for 35 years. She has a special interest in furthering the development of 4-H kids as a volunteer leader for archery, dog, and horse. She also loves to run, spend time with family, and most of all hunt!
Mrs. Stacey Peres
Stacey Peres has lived in Rawlins, Wyoming since 2005. She is originally from Burbank, California, and was born and raised there. She attended San Diego State University and Humboldt State University where she received a B.A. in English Literature. She attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado in 2009 where she received an M.A. in Secondary Education and her Wyoming Teaching Credential. In May of 2016, she received her K-12 Principal Endorsement from the University of Wyoming. She taught English Language Arts at Rawlins Middle School for 8 years. She is currently the Professional Development Coordinator at Rawlins High School. She has been married to her husband since 2008, but they have been together since 1999. They have one son, Cody, who is in the 8th grade. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, four-wheeling, camping, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a big football and baseball fan! Her career in education is fueled by her passion for learning and seeing all students succeed through public education. Go Outlaws!
Mrs. Danielle McKee
Danielle is currently the Professional Development/Curriculum coordinator at Little Snake River Valley School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies with teaching from Mesa State College. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree through the University of Nebraska of Kearney in Instructional Technology with an emphasis on school media. Danielle plans to continue her education with an Education Specialist degree in leadership beginning in the summer of 2019. Besides her current position as a Professional Development Coordinator, she also teaches Social Studies and serves as the District Library Media Specialist. She has served on a variety of committees including RTI, Technology, Accreditation, and Curriculum.